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Former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman is gay

Former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman is gay

According to The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, Ken Mehlman—former chairman of the Republican National Committee and the former campaign manager for George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election bid—has told his family and colleagues that he is gay. Ambinder quoted Mehlman as saying, “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life. Everybody [...]

Muslim cab driver slashed by bigot in New York

Muslim cab driver slashed by bigot in New York

New York City police said Wednesday that a boozed-up bigot who just returned from filming US Marines in Afghanistan used a pocket knife to slash a cabbie—just because the driver was Muslim. After the sick attack on Ahmed Sharif, 43, last Tuesday night, Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster village in New York State, was charged [...]

Satoshi Kon, Japanese animator, dies at 46

Satoshi Kon, Japanese animator, dies at 46

At the age of 46, revered Japanese animation director Satoshi Kon died suddenly on August 24 reportedly due to pancreatic cancer. Kon, who was born in Hokkaido in 1963, got his start as a manga artist in the mid-1980s. Kon soon began to work under Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo, who influenced him greatly. In 1991, [...]

Venus Raj, Miss Universe runner-up, back in Manila

Venus Raj, Miss Universe runner-up, back in Manila

At around 4 a.m. Thursday, Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj arrived in Manila from Los Angeles on board Philippine Airlines flight PR-107. Raj was met by at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 by her mother Ester, family members, and organizers of the local pageant that sent her to the Miss Universe [...]

Trapped Chilean miners may get help from NASA

Trapped Chilean miners may get help from NASA

The Chilean government has sought assistance from NASA as it grapples with the fragile psychology of 33 miners trapped half a mile below the Earth’s surface for months to come. The space agency has experience testing and training crew members for extended periods of isolation in orbit and beyond. NASA spokesman John Yembrick said, “NASA [...]

Hitler had Jewish, African roots

Hitler had Jewish, African roots

A magazine in Belgium found that DNA tests on relatives of Adolf Hitler suggest the head of Nazi Germany may have had relatives who were Jewish or from Africa. The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that the magazine Knack said it located 39 of Hitler’s relatives living in Europe and America and obtained a [...]

Medal of Honor should be banned-UK defense secretary (video)

Medal of Honor should be banned–UK defense secretary (video)

Medal of Honor, game publisher Electronic Arts’ (EA) upcoming major World War II-based action game, might be under trouble waters at UK shores. Because of its “un-British” nature UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox has urged British retailers not to stock up and completely ban the Medal of Honor game. Fox has a problem with the [...]

Scott beats McCollum in Florida governor primary

Scott beats McCollum in Florida governor primary

In a primary day surprise in the Florida Republican gubernatorial contest, political newcomer Rick Scott defeated state Attorney General Bill McCollum. Scott led McCollum 47 percent to 43 percent, with 92 percent of precincts reporting. Recent polls had suggested McCollum was pulling ahead in the race—but low turnout on Tuesday gave outsized importance to Scott’s [...]